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me wonder why they waited so long, especially Most of the songs, like Jack, are firmly rooted
since profits are to go to fund their new HQ in the English tradition and drawn from a wide
next door to Willie Clancy’s old home. I hope range of oral and printed sources. Highlights
they can carry on as they started; we’re in for for me were: a spirited Brisk Young Widow,
a feast if they do. Definitely my best album of a delightful When Fishes Fly and a fine Suit
2008. It impressed me so much that I even of Grey a lesser known song written by Cyril
The Living Tradition magazine
sent the suggested retail price as a donation Tawney in 1960. Jack has included a song
to the building fund. Who says Ulster folk are from Newfoundland, Scotland and Ireland is published every 2 months.
mean? respectively. From the pen of Robert Burns we
have The Slave’s Lament frankly the song itself
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is not a favourite of mine, nevertheless Jack
to make sure that you get a
makes as good a job of it as anyone I’ve heard.
His The Deluded Lover from Brigid Tunney
regular copy of this magazine
of Co. Fermanagh is quite brilliant. This is a
with the advantage of
quality album from an uncompromising singer
Thirty Years On
of substance. getting it “hot off the press”.
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Good grief – is it really 30 years since “Nowt
so Good’ll Pass”? I didn’t hear that album ‘til
the mid 1980s, loved it dearly on vinyl and was Border Skies
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monumentally cheesed off when it failed to
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make it on to CD. Record label issues got in the
Europe £42/60Euros
way. Never mind – Bob and Stu re-recorded
It’s always good to hear from this acclaimed
some of it again in 1998 as “Box of Gold”. Now
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cross-Borders trio, and each successive
… even better … they’ve sung the whole lot
release has moved their accomplishment on
again and added a whole lot more, making
into new realms of creativity, either in bringing
it worth having this CD as well as the 1998
fresh perspectives to better-known material
or in communicating the thrill of discovery of Surname:
unfamiliar repertoire. And it’s a pleasure to be
Happily, they sound as good as ever and as
able to report that, like its predecessor Home
also as if they are having a ball. Hair is less
Thoughts, Border Skies ticks both boxes with
plentiful and the winter plumage is in evidence,
distinction, due in no small measure to the skill
but they sound unaged and unchanged
and musicianship of the participants (Judy
on beauties like Heart Like a Wheel, Sally
Dinning, Tom Roseburgh and Kenny Speirs),
Wheatley and The Shores of Old Blighty.
who are on splendid form once again. Old
There’s also a lavish booklet with affectionate
favourites which are given a gently invigorating
tributes from the likes of Mike Harding, Archie
Real Time makeover this time round include
Fisher, Dave Pegg and Ralph McTell – as well
Bonny At Morn, Water Of Tyne and Red Is The
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Rose (which I was surprised to learn was a
from Bob and Stu themselves.
recent discovery for the trio), while Judy turns Tel No:
in a particularly persuasive rendition of Once
So – if you remember the originals from the
I Loved (aka. Go And Leave Me) and Kenny’s
70s, this will tickle your nostalgia-buds and
well-matured take on Richard Thompson’s
make up for the lack of a “Nowt so Good” CD.
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sound as fresh as a daisy and you will add
a very attractive performance (Fiona Cuthill
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some cracking songs to your repertoire. Just
guesting on fiddle here). Elsewhere, there’s a
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revisit (with new arrangement) of Judy’s own
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love it.
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respect for the essence of a song. He is a
delivery of Charlie Dore’s I’m Looking For My
low-key, highly effective story-teller-singer.
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